2020 Chevrolet Spark vs. 2020 MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Spark are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Spark LT Auto’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Spark and the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Spark 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 24 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Spark’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 6th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Spark CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door Auto turbo 3 cyl. (30 city/38 hwy vs. 28 city/36 hwy).

Transmission

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The Spark offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Spark has larger tires than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (185/55R15 vs. 175/65R15).

The Spark’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Spark’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door’s (33.8 feet vs. 36.2 feet).

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Spark may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 600 pounds less than the MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

The Spark is 1 foot, 2.3 inches shorter than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door, making the Spark easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The Spark is 1 foot, 2.9 inches shorter than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door S.

The Spark is 5.2 inches narrower than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door, making the Spark easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

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The Spark has .3 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Spark has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Spark owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Spark with a number “3” insurance rate while the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Spark is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door because it costs $382 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Spark than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door, including $42 less for a water pump, $52 less for a muffler, $1 less for front brake pads, $293 less for a starter, $48 less for fuel injection, $163 less for a fuel pump, $177 less for front struts and $484 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Spark will be $6466 to $13806 less than for the MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.

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